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A Christmas Parking Special

By johnboy - 25 December 2012 29

For those of you who hate parking stories your Christmas present is I’ve been saving them up rather than giving you daily instalments.

And for the vast majority of readers who love this stuff your Christmas present is this post going out at midnight!

Everyone’s a festive winner. Aren’t you happy? You should be!

And now we begin.


1. Someone’s mobile phone sent this in which we thought a bit tame by the high standards of this series:

Driver attempted parking with on a mobile phone glued to her ear.. Note: my park was perfection.. A rare occasion but perfection none the less.. I watched it unfold before my eyes and gave the obligatory tsk tsk shook my head and then whipped out the mobile to take a snap.. She was still in the drivers seat. I hope she saw me.

parking


2. Warming to the theme we have this from Keiran:

Thought you’d like this and others will excuse the hmmm white commodore wagon driver.

Woden Plaza sorry Westfield Woden car park opposite Hoyts.

white commodore


3. Charlie sent in this delight:

Parking Waramanga style

9am Thursday morning. On the median strip. Directly in front of the school crossing. Enjoy.

waramanga


4. Ian was not impressed by the example set by the constabulary in a no stopping zone:

no stopping


5. And saving the best to last Alex sent in this contribution to domestic harmony:

Parking Braddon Style

Not only is it not in the parking spot, it’s also on top of a log barrier.

Well done housemate.

over the barrier


Got an image (not necessarily parking related) of Canberra you want to share with a huge audience? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

And a Merry Christmas to you all.

What’s Your opinion?


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29 Responses to
A Christmas Parking Special
1
bundah 6:14 pm
25 Dec 12
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Everyone of those cars are white,coincidence or a prerequisite for bad parking?

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Mr Waffle 12:07 am
26 Dec 12
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bundah said :

Everyone of those cars are white,coincidence or a prerequisite for bad parking?

While it’s easy to just say “most cars are white so of course there is a higher chance of a bad park being white”, I’d say that, generally speaking, people who buy white cars aren’t really interested or invested in their cars/drive work cars (which will almost always be white due to it being the cheapest colour). Thus they’ll treat their car as just another appliance, and hence have no real interest or respect in the art of driving, and by extension, parking. So essentially “most people who buy/use white cars don’t give a crap”.

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JC 8:54 am
26 Dec 12
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The first one isn’t that bad, looks like the difference between being legally parked is the width of the line, seen a lot lot worse.

As for the police one, don’t see any issue there at all. They can park in a no stopping zone if they need to.

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal, but what is the who ha about it being “Directly in front of the school crossing.” The picture quite clearly shows the cars are well away from the crossing, so far in fact they are about 20m up on the other side of the intersection that forms the schools driveway so about 50m from the crossing. So yes poor parking, but a tad melodramatic to somehow link that to the crossing.

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Jono 9:48 am
26 Dec 12
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JC said :

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal….

“Medium” strip?? It’s funny how many people give away the fact that they’ve never had any exposure whatsoever to the road rules. Try “Median” strip – it’s mentioned in the road rules about 50 times.

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farnarkler 2:27 pm
26 Dec 12
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It appears the Vectra is trying to have sex with the log!!

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JC 4:46 pm
26 Dec 12
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Jono said :

JC said :

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal….

“Medium” strip?? It’s funny how many people give away the fact that they’ve never had any exposure whatsoever to the road rules. Try “Median” strip – it’s mentioned in the road rules about 50 times.

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

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tuco 5:34 pm
26 Dec 12
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JC said :

Jono said :

JC said :

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal….

“Medium” strip?? It’s funny how many people give away the fact that they’ve never had any exposure whatsoever to the road rules. Try “Median” strip – it’s mentioned in the road rules about 50 times.

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

Ewe new wot eye wuz torqing a bout sew wot’s Ure probblem. Excellent.

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Jono 7:00 pm
26 Dec 12
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JC said :

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

My “problem” is that by not knowing such a basic word, you make it clear that you have had virtually no exposure to the road rules – no one who was at all familiar with them would make that error. That puts you well and truly in the majority on Australian roads, so you’re definitely not alone.

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beedlebum 8:31 am
27 Dec 12
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JC said :

As for the police one, don’t see any issue there at all. They can park in a no stopping zone if they need to.

If they need to. Though I’ve seen them park on median strips and in no stopping zones while they go and get their lunch/dinner. I don’t think that’s appropriate.

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JC 9:44 am
27 Dec 12
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Jono said :

JC said :

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

My “problem” is that by not knowing such a basic word, you make it clear that you have had virtually no exposure to the road rules – no one who was at all familiar with them would make that error. That puts you well and truly in the majority on Australian roads, so you’re definitely not alone.

What an absolute and utter load of bulls***. All it shows is I cannot spell, which is something I have known for the last 35 years or so. That doesn’t mean I am unable to read, speak and comprehend English.

So back in ya box and come back when you have something to add in relation to the topic at hand rather than my ability to spell.

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JC 9:45 am
27 Dec 12
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tuco said :

JC said :

Jono said :

JC said :

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal….

“Medium” strip?? It’s funny how many people give away the fact that they’ve never had any exposure whatsoever to the road rules. Try “Median” strip – it’s mentioned in the road rules about 50 times.

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

Ewe new wot eye wuz torqing a bout sew wot’s Ure probblem. Excellent.

It was one word you dope, and a word that I am sure the majority of the population would probably get wrong too. It’s like it is a word that is in everyday use.

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JC 9:51 am
27 Dec 12
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JC said :

tuco said :

JC said :

Jono said :

JC said :

As for the cars in the medium strip, yes that is illegal….

“Medium” strip?? It’s funny how many people give away the fact that they’ve never had any exposure whatsoever to the road rules. Try “Median” strip – it’s mentioned in the road rules about 50 times.

You knew what I was talking about, so what’s your problem?

Ewe new wot eye wuz torqing a bout sew wot’s Ure probblem. Excellent.

It was one word you dope, and a word that I am sure the majority of the population would probably get wrong too. It’s like it is a word that is in everyday use.

The last sentence should have been “It’s NOT like it is a word that is in everyday use.”

PS notice I can spell and use correctly the word too, this is a word that I reckon 75% of the population get wrong, so simple too. Oh and I can spell licence, which is a word many on this forum get wrong, despite it being written and spelt correctly on that bit of plastic issued by the motor registry.

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Jono 12:54 pm
27 Dec 12
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JC said :

What an absolute and utter load of bulls***. All it shows is I cannot spell, which is something I have known for the last 35 years or so. That doesn’t mean I am unable to read, speak and comprehend English.

So back in ya box and come back when you have something to add in relation to the topic at hand rather than my ability to spell.

Sorry sunshine – nothing to do with your ability to spell. And I didn’t comment on your ability to read, speak or comprehend.

“Median strip” is defined in the Dictionary of the Australian Road Rules, and is used in the various rules probably in the order of 50 times. If you were familiar with the road rules, you simply wouldn’t use “medium” strip to describe the dividing strip in the middle of a road. You did use it, hence your familiarity with the road rules is demonstrably questionable. As I said, that puts you in the majority, so I wouldn’t be too concerned.

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KB1971 1:11 pm
27 Dec 12
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beedlebum said :

JC said :

As for the police one, don’t see any issue there at all. They can park in a no stopping zone if they need to.

If they need to. Though I’ve seen them park on median strips and in no stopping zones while they go and get their lunch/dinner. I don’t think that’s appropriate.

Maybe not “appropriate” but not illegal. The rule doesn’t say “if appropriate”, it just says authorized vehicles are exempt.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:57 pm
27 Dec 12
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KB1971 said :

beedlebum said :

JC said :

As for the police one, don’t see any issue there at all. They can park in a no stopping zone if they need to.

If they need to. Though I’ve seen them park on median strips and in no stopping zones while they go and get their lunch/dinner. I don’t think that’s appropriate.

Maybe not “appropriate” but not illegal. The rule doesn’t say “if appropriate”, it just says authorized vehicles are exempt.

I used to feel the same way but then somebody pointed out what if there was a emergency? Would you prefer they had to run back to the multi story car park and exit via ticket machine?

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